79% of oral health providers report burnout

Nearly four-fifths of oral health providers reported experiencing burnout, according to a report by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center at the University at Albany's Center for Health Workforce Studies. 

Of the oral health providers surveyed for the report, 79.3% reported burnout. Primary care providers and mental and behavioral health providers also reported high incidences of burnout, coming in at 80.1% and 76.2%, respectively. 

Among the culprits driving provider stress and burnout were organizational stressors, such as obtaining enough personal protection equipment, changing clinical protocols, reassigning clinicians to nontraditional roles and shortages in the workforce. 

In order to combat these stressors and employee burnout, organizations attempted to create a more even work-life balance by giving staff more time off, higher pay and increased schedule flexibility.  

The full report can be accessed here.

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